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Paper Mache Projects: How to Make a Paper Mache Hot Air Balloon

Ready for an adventure? Then let your imagination take flight with this easy paper mache hot air balloon. It’s messy, but mess is part of the fun!

You’ll need:

  • a balloon
  • a cereal bowl
  • newspaper strips
  • strips of white paper
  • paintbrush
  • glue
  • paint
  • small yoghurt pot
  • a paper cup
  • wool
  • wool needle
  • adhesive tape
  • scissors

To make:

  1. Blow up the balloon and tie a knot in the neck.
  2. Balance it on the cereal bowl.
  3. Using the paintbrush, cover the balloon in glue and stick newspaper strips on from top to bottom.
  4. Overlap three layers of newspaper and finish with a fourth layer of white paper.
  5. Leave to dry for 24 hours.
  6. Pop the balloon, cut a neat circle around the bottom of the shell, return to bowl and paint. Leave to dry.
  7. Next, thread the needle with the wool and pierce a hole a centimetre above the bottom opening of the balloon. Pull the thread through and leave a loop dangling down. Repeat three times to form the four ‘ropes’ that will attach the basket to the balloon.
  8. Choose the object that will be used as a basket and decorate it.
  9. Glue the wool to its four corners. 
  10. Finally, use the needle and wool, pierce two holes at the top of the balloon. Form a loop and hang your paper mache hot air balloon from the ceiling. Pop your doll or teddy in and take to skies.

Bon Voyage!

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